Ezekiel Elliot has been suffering from a knee injury over the past few weeks. Although he has not missed any time, there is no doubt that it has had an impact on his production.
Elliott’s status has been improving steadily, despite rumors suggesting that Elliott might miss Week 13, in order to rest his knee.
The Cowboys had Elliott listed as an active participant in practice on Monday. This is a sign that Elliott’s condition has not worsened in the last few days.
A day later, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke out about Elliott’s outlook on Week 13. He did so while on 105.3 The fan. He said that Elliott should be receiving a “serious” amount of snaps and touches this Thursday against the Saints.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is expected to see a “serious load” of snaps and touches Thursday vs. Saints, team owner Jerry Jones said on @1053thefan. Elliott has dealt with occasional knee stiffness since Week 4. Was a full participant in practice Monday.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) November 30, 2021
Elliott already stated that he was not asked to sit out of Thursday’s game. Reporters heard his statement: “No one has asked me to rest.”
Although no one expects him to be against the Saints at the moment, it is possible that he might receive a full workload.
In large part, the Cowboys have reduced Elliott’s usage in recent weeks because they want Elliott to be fresh. Tony Pollard is now a more important part of the Cowboys’ game plan.
The Cowboys could increase Elliott’s workload which could cause more pain to his knee. This would be risky, to put it mildly.